Latest Gartner report shows that mobile phone sales are down overall and Samsung still leads the pack, but Huawei may be primed for a major year

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It appears that there is some minor slowdown in regards to the overall growth of mobile phone sales. According to research firm Gartner Inc., worldwide mobile phone sales amounted to 1.75 billion total units for 2012 which was a solid number, but represented slightly disappointing 1.7 percent decline from 2011 sales. Moreover, while Q4 2012 smartphone sales saw record smartphone sales of 207.7 million total units, which was up 38.3 percent from the Q4 2011— the overall demand for feature phones remained weak throughout 2012. Gartner found that overall phone sales totaled 264.4 million units in Q4 2012, which was down 19.3 percent from Q4 2011 and even found that sales will continue to drop for 2013 as well.

Additionally, the latest Gartner report pretty much solidified what we already knew— Samsung and Apple are far and away the top manufacturers in all the land by owning a 52% market share– though there may be a surprising competitor lurking in the shadows. Samsung held steady as the world’s #1 smartphone by having 64.5 million units sold for Q4 2012, up a whopping 85.3% from Q4 2011; Samsung also sold 384.6 million mobile phones for 2012, 53.5% of which were accounted by smartphone sales. Something surprising that resulted from Q4 2012 is the rapid ascension of a new brand that is quickly becoming familiar with consumers. Huawei had a surprisingly solid Q4 2012 by selling 27.2 smartphones to mobile users— which represented a 73.8% increase from Q4 2011. Additionally, Gartner is predicting a major year for Huawei as they have some superphones on the way that will go directly at the likes of Samsung and Apple.

You’ll find complete details of Gartner’s latest study once you hit the source link below.

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Gartner Q3 2012 Reports Are In: Samsung And Android Platform Continues To Dominate Smartphone Share

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It’s that time of the year kids as Gartner has announced the latest smartphone trends for Q3 2012. Coming as no surprise, both Apple and Samsung led all smartphone brands by controlling 46.5% of the overall smartphone market this quarter, despite the fact overall smartphone sales totaled close to 428 million units, a 3.1% decline from Q3 2011. Despite the minor decline, Gartner is quick to point out Samsung impressive sales’ totals: accounting for nearly 98 million units for Q3 2012 and up 18.7% from Q3 2011. Moreover, Gartner points out the collective growth of Android as a whole by highlighting there were 122 million units sold across all Android manufacturers for Q3 2012, bringing its overall market share to 72.4% and is up 52.5% from Q3 2011.

While the numbers are favorable for Android as a whole, it will be curious to see how well it bodes in Q4 when we see how Apple’s iPhone 5 impacts the smartphone market and all.

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Gartner Reports Global Sales Drop 2.3 Percent For Q2 2012, But Samsung And Android Still Lead Overall Sales

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Smartphones are as popular as ever, but it doesn’t mean sales can’t take a slight hit. Gartner reports overall global sales for Q2 2012 dropped 2.3 percent compared to Q2 2011. The Android platform unsurprisingly accounted for 64.1 percent of the overall sales with Samsung leading the way with 90.4 million units sold, while Nokia and Apple followed behind. Speaking of Apple— iOS devices sold 28.9 million units, which accounts for an 18.8 percent market share.

While the report is new, it pretty much cements what we already know: the Android platform continues to be a dominant one. We’re sure you’re itching for specific details, so be sure to hit the break to see the full report in all its glory.

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Gartner expects Android to become no. 2 worldwide mobile OS in 2010

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Last month, we reported that Android had moved past Apple to become the no. 3 mobile OS in the world, behind RIM and Symbian.  Well, a new report by the same company, Gartner, has revealed that Android is slated to dethrone RIM from their no. 2 spot by the end of this year, and is now creeping up on Symbian. In fact, if current trends continue, Android is expected to pass up Symbian to take the no. 1 spot by 2014.

Now, a lot can change in three years.  A new provider could emerge and sweep the global market, or we could see a comeback by RIM or Apple. However, as it stands, Android isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon.  Continue after the break for the full presser.

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Symbian losing race in mobile space, says Gartner

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According to Nick Jones of Gartner, Symbian may be “rearranging chairs on the Titanic” in terms of their market share. He says that, while Symbian is still the worldwide leader in the mobile space, they are losing ground quickly to competitors like Android and iOS. He goes on to state that Symbian is running farther off-course from consumer demand with things like WiFi Direct and audio policy packages. We have seen how far Android has come in the mobile race for market share in the recent months, but will Symbian be able to keep it’s lead, or is this the dawn of their downfall? If things go the way Jones thinks, we may end up seeing some “skunkworks projects”, or even branding redesign contests coming from Symbian in attempts to keep the platform in it’s current #1 pot.

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Android claims 62% of tablet market during 2013 as Apple’s share slides

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Echoing earlier research, Gartner announced today that worldwide sales of tablets in 2013 totaled 195.4 million units with Android laying claim to 62% of the market. The big beneficiary of Android’s growth, driven by users snapping up smaller, lower-end devices, was Samsung who sold just over 37 million units. Meanwhile, Samsung’s biggest rival, Apple, saw their market share slide from almost 53% to only 36% despite selling 9 million more units compared to the prior year. The silver lining for Apple was that they continue to retain the title of largest tablet manufacturer. Although Samsung is closing the gap quickly, Apple still sold about twice as many tablets as Samsung.

Meanwhile, Asus, Amazon and Lenovo rounded out the top five manufacturers. Of those three, Lenovo saw unit sales increase by 198% to 6.5 million units. Microsoft managed to increase their tablet shipments from 1.2 million to 4 million units during 2013, continuing to hold 2.1% of the market.

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Lenovo CEO says Chinese, emerging markets will return Motorola to profitability

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Lenovo’s CEO Yang Yuanqing is back on the interview circuit, explaining more about how he thinks the company can turn around the financial trajectory of Motorola Mobility once the pending $2.91 billion dollar deal closes. According to Yang, a key part of Lenovo’s strategy will be to reintroduce the Motorola brand to China and emerging markets, which will enable Lenovo to turn a profit with Motorola “in a few quarters.” » Read the rest

Toshiba announces dual 5MP sensor camera module for smartphones, packs dedicated processing chip

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Toshiba is set to launch a brand new camera module with unique hardware which will refocus all of the photos you take on your smartphone. Known as the TCM9518MD, the module packs dual 5MP sensors and a separate processing chip which will capture all image and depth data in a picture. With this new technology, Toshiba says that consumers will soon be able to take pictures that are not currently possible with normal lenses.

The TCM9518MD is currently being shipped to phone manufacturers right now for testing, and the module should hit the market in devices within the next year (perhaps in the HTC One+).

Hit the break for the full press release, and remember to check out the rest of our CES 2014 coverage.

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Eric Schmidt on Android security: ‘It’s more secure than the iPhone’

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The public perception has always been that Apple’s iPhone is more secure than Google’s Android, but Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt wants to set the record straight. During a Q&A session at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, Gartner analyst David Willis said, “When you say Android, people say, wait a minute, Android is not secure.” Schmidt quickly said, “Not secure? It’s more secure than the iPhone.” followed by the audience chuckling.

Unfortunately Schmidt didn’t elaborate other than saying that Android now has one billion users and is a platform that goes through rigorous security testing. He also added that in the distant future security will be implemented on a per app basis since the assumption will be that nothing is secure.

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Could HTC merge with Huawei?

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As HTC continues to battle a two-year financial slide, one analyst has suggested a merger with Huawei could be a way out for HTC. HTC and their fans had high hopes the HTC One would prove to be a product with enough popularity to at least turn the ship around financially. During the first half of 2013, HTC also started to concentrate on some unique marketing strategies, usually aimed squarely at market leader Samsung. To their credit, the HTC One is generally regarded as a premiere smartphone and has garnered extensive praise throughout the industry. Sales of the device did have a positive financial impact on HTC during the second quarter of 2013 when it was finally released, but not to the extent hoped for. Despite plans to model a sales strategy similar to many other major manufacturers, HTC sales are predicted to stay flat for the third quarter, leading some to question what other steps the company could take to prevent a complete collapse. » Read the rest

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